Top Knot Causing Bald Spots?
Regardless if you are male or female, wearing your hair too tight can contribute to hair loss.
One of the latest trends all over the world wide web is the “man bun.” Correspondingly, some voiced concerns that the bun can contribute to bald spots. But is this reality or fiction?
As it turns out yes, sporting a “man bun” or even “woman bun” can cause hair loss.
This is particularly true if you wear your buns incredibly tight on a daily basis.
Technically, this is referred to as traction alopecia, as it is caused by a consistent pulling of the hair’s roots. This causes damage and leads to permanent balding.
While the jury is still out on whether or not increase in traction alopecia has been noted in men, there is evidence that shows there is an increase in cases for women.
According to Dermatologist Doris Day, MD, “It used to be most common in women of color who wore their hair braided tightly as children who would be confronted with hair loss in their thirties or forties.” While this is one risk for hair loss, other hairstyles seem to be causing the same problem.
One such trend is hair extensions. Dr. Day goes on to say that, “Women are aspiring to have more hair than is natural. They become addicted.” This can also lead them to keep their extensions in for far longer than is healthy.
Ballerinas and gymnasts also experience traction alopecia, because they wear their hair back in too tightly of buns. The same goes for swimmers.
However, the reality is anyone can become a victim of traction alopecia, particularly if they have thinner hair, to begin with. According to experts, anyone with fine hair is likely to experience more breakage than those with coarser hair because the strands are vulnerable to breakage.
The best way to prevent this problem is to switch your style often. Wear buns, braids, and ponytails loose whenever possible. A sign that your hair is too tight is a persistent headache. Watch out for that and act accordingly.